Movie Wizard Who Inspired Steven Spielberg & George Lucas, Dies At 92

 RAY HARRYHAUSEN'S name was never up in lights but he created "magic moments" in science fiction movies like "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms" which inspired Hollywood filmmakers.

Who can forget a dinosaur thawed out by A-bomb testing in the Arctic who goes on a Big Apple rampage in which it devours a NYC cop before meeting its demise at Coney Island?

In "Jason and the Argonauts" (1963), the mythic hero Jason, played by Todd Armstrong, slays a seven-headed hyrdra guarding the Golden Fleece, then Jason and two of his men battle seven sword-wielding warrior skeletons which spring from the hydra's scattered teeth.


George Lucas "Star Wars II --Attack of the Clones" featured a gladiator scene exactly like the ones created for Harryhausen's 1958 classic, "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad."

He was survived by his wife, Diana of 50 years and a daughter Vanessa.